Join us online for Master Classes; and workshops on craft and technique. Past seasons have featured Colm Tóibín, Robert Sullivan, Michael Silverblatt, Parul Sehgal, Camille Rankine, Francine Prose, Claire Messud, Ayana Mathis, Yiyun Li, Leslie Jamison, Mary-Beth Hughes, Amy Hempel, John Haskell, Daniel Handler, Elizabeth Gaffney, Benjamin Dreyer, Jennifer Croft, and Alexander Chee, among others. Scholarships are offered for many classes; details can be found in the course listings below.

Elizabeth Gaffney | The Novel Workshop

Online, Zoom Wednesdays, January 27–May 5, 2021

***This class has sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email***

This season’s Novel Workshop is designed for writers with a substantially or fully complete draft of their novels. Each writer will have the opportunity to have their entire manuscript read and critiqued.

Anne Elliott | Flexing the Sentence Workshop

Online, Zoom Sundays, February 7–28, 2021

***This class has sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email***

This workshop will focus on strength and flexibility in the prose line, building confidence in composition and revision

Mary-Beth Hughes | A Technique and Composition Workshop

Online, Zoom Tuesdays, February 16–March 23, 2021

***This class has sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email***

The structure of each class meeting is modeled on the technique classes that are often foundational for dancers.

Dorthe Nors | Master Class

Online, Zoom Saturday, March 6, 2021

A Master Class on literary companions and why they're necessary—and what they offer—for the writer.

Sapphire | Master Class

Online, Zoom Thursday, March 25, 2021

In this class, we will contemplate, deconstruct, and interrogate six poems by three African American women poets: Jayne Cortez, Wanda Coleman, and Carolyn Rodgers. Then we will through a series of writing exercises “write them” more deeply into our consciousness.

Reginald Gibbons | Master Class

Online, Zoom Thursday, April 29, 2021

This is a generative poetry workshop based on using one’s own emotional resources and materials to draft poems by following the movement of another poet’s poem.


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